Centennial defense boosted by offense

Combination lifts field hockey team

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October 18, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

In years past, a strong defense was the calling card for the Centennial field hockey team.

This season, the Eagles, who entered the week 11-1, have added an extra dose of offense to go with their ability to shut down teams.

Junior Sarah Parks and sophomore Kate Heineman went into the week with 19 and 14 goals, respectively, and the Eagles have scored more than 50 as a team, something veteran coach Gail Purcell has enjoyed seeing.

"I think a big part of it is we've been flying under the radar. I don't think we were the team people were worried about," she said. "We have a lot of good athletes. This is one of the better teams I've had in my 32 years of coaching, and we have a nose for the goal."

The Eagles' only senior is first-team All-County midfielder Jessica Oleinik, who controls the middle of the field. Junior defender Mary Teeter, a second-team All-County choice last fall, anchors a defense that got a boost when sophomore goalie Liz Snyder transferred from Hershey, Pa.

The county championship game will take place tomorrow. Centennial, Mount Hebron, Glenelg and River Hill all went into the week with a chance at grabbing one of the top two spots. The first-place finisher will host the game.

Raiders are rolling

The Atholton boys soccer team has quietly gone about its business this season, and it's been all good.

After opening the season with a loss to Magruder, the Raiders rolled off nine straight wins and were 8-0 in the county going into yesterday's game against Oakland Mills.

Five of their county games have been 1-0 wins.

"We're just grinding them out - not winning pretty,"Atholton coach Roch DeFrances said.

The Raiders will host River Hill at 7 p.m. tomorrow in a game that could have county championship game implications.

Hawks in driver's seat

With last week's 34-19 win over county rival Atholton, River Hill's football team improved to 6-0, all but wrapping up its fourth straight Class 3A East regional playoff berth with winnable games remaining against Marriotts Ridge (1-5), Reservoir (4-1), Howard (2-4) and Oakland Mills (0-6).

The No. 2 Hawks, Severna Park and Edgewood are all 6-0 to have hold of the top three playoff spots

Centennial (4-2) got 96 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Alex Bechta to rout Hammond, 40-8, last Friday, while Wilde Lake (4-2) dominated Long Reach, 41-19, with senior running back Zach Brown piling up 198 yards and two scores.

The Wildecats' win eliminated Long Reach (3-3) from playoff contention.

Centennial travels to Reservoir tomorrow at 4 p.m., with Wilde Lake hosting Howard at 4 p.m. Friday.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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